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by John Kayetching, 1790NPG D18659
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Professor Ian M Johnson
02 October 2019, 19:17
Gerritt Fisher (ca.1746 – 1811) was born in Dublin. He was appointed Major in 55th Foot in 1787; transferred to 51st Foot; He was granted the Freedom of the City of Edinburgh in 1790. He was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel in 60th Foot in 1792 and commanded its 3rd Battalion from 1792 to 1794. He was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel in 9th Foot in 1794, to Colonel in 1796 and to command of its 3rd Battalion in 1799. He saw action in the expedition to the Helder. Subsequently he was promoted to Major-General in 1801, and Lieutenant-General in 1808.
He seems to have commanded an independent company of foot (possibly raised in north America) before joining 55th Foot.
As Major-General, he was (ca.1806) responsible for the regular army, militia, yeomanry and volunteer units in North Wales, with his Headquarters at Wrexham. North Wales was part of the North West Military district.
I have not been able to lay hands on an Edinburgh newspaper to check why he was granted freedom of the city (in about August 1790)
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